“My name is Anna Berggren, I’m 25 years old and graduated from the BIDS programme in 2015. I have been in and out of Sweden the past years but am now currently living in Stockholm. I have always had a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures and ideas, and I believed that BIDS could help me exploring the world and its dynamics even further.”
Did you just spend the holidays with your family, and have been tired explaining to them what is it you are (or have been) actually studying and more importantly, “what you will become?” Worry not, because now we are going to present to you the underlying foundation of our studies; in the words of the Founding Fathers of BIDS, Yahia Mahmoud, Tobias Axelsson, and Axel Fredholm.
In this Spotlight interview you can read about Jordan who graduated in 2012 with a major in Human Geography. Before and during his studies at Lund University Jordan has traveled and worked in the Middle East. Jordan shares his thoughts about the BIDS-Programme and how analytical skills and perspectives on global problems also can contribute to projects beyond the BIDS-programme.
Read about Olle Hammar, who graduated in 2012 with a major in Political Science. Before enrolling in the BIDS programme, Olle studied at the Business and Economics Department – He shares how this has given him broader knowledge in terms of research, as he is now doing his PhD concerning development economics and global inequality.
Natasha from Sweden and Taiwan, who describes herself as a “menstrual health enthusiast”, is right now working on her Master’s thesis while trying to plan her next adventure. Natasha finished her bachelor in 2012, making her a part of the very first BIDS-class to graduate. She agreed on sharing some of her experiences with the programme, which might inspire other students to be adventurous; “You can do so much by just contacting interesting organisations”.
Read about Klara Lindvall, who did an interesting Minor Field Study in Turkey, studying local Turkish migration management in relation to the EU external border and migration regime. Klara recommends everyone who considers it to dare go on an MFS as it challenged her and she gained a lot from it. Moreover, she expresses how important it is to try different things and not settle straight away.
Read about Johan Andersen who graduated from the BIDS programme in 2015 with a major in sociology. Johan has now decided to further study the field of sociology within his current Master studies in Nationalism Studies at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.
During the 6th semester of the BIDS programme Johan did an interesting internship that included country specific academic writing assignments, which allowed him to use skills gained from the BIDS programme.
Read about Milja Norberg who graduated in 2014 with a major in Economic History. The flexibility of the Economic History Department allowed her to spend a year in Lebanon in the middle of the early refugee crises. Among other interesting points, Milja writes that in the field of development, “it is easy to be critical, but not as easy to come up with better alternatives”.
“As a BIDS student, you go to any dinner conversation – you have something to say.”
Growing up in Denmark made Adriana want to study in an international environment, which led her to study the BIDS program. In 2014, she finished with a major in Political Science.
I met up with Adriana in a café in Copenhagen to discuss her experience during and after BIDS and to reflect on how we can make a change.
Hannah and I from the class of 2016 went on exchange to the far-away countries of Brazil and Hong Kong respectively and came away with most different experiences and lessons learnt. This interview reports the inspiring moments we had, challenges we faced and advice that future BIDSters going on exchange might find interesting both for the application process and the actual exchange. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comment section.
Read about Joanna, who graduated in 2015 with a major in Political Science and her exchange in France, which she is really happy to have experienced. Moreover, she shares her BIDS experiences, gains and thoughts that led her to her current Master Studies in International Humanitarian Action.
After double-majoring in political science and economic history, managing two internships during BIDS, and studying one year on a master-level, Eva Theil found her way of making a difference in the world to be teaching. Eva is now enrolled to become a primary school teacher, but has still development-related issues close to her heart. In her interview Eva reveals many inspiring tips for current BIDS-students.